It’s apparently not enough that Navy SEALs have to hope that their equipment works and that their commanders are prudent; now they’ll have to pray for sunny days, too.
From Environment & Energy News:
The Navy’s elite fighting force is going green.
A SEAL team deploying soon to Afghanistan will be net zero for energy and water, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced today at the service’s annual energy conference.
Not needing to operate noisy generators and not being reliant on water and fuel resupplies are battlefield benefits for the SEALS, who are known for under-the-radar, high-value missions like raiding Osama bin Laden’s compound this spring.
“We care a lot about our special operators,” Mabus said. “Allowing them to not have to be resupplied with fuel and water will make them even better at what they do.”
SEAL teams, which are often based in difficult-to-reach areas, need power for electronics, air conditioning and heating. For the green unit, those needs will be met with solar arrays, solar battery chargers and flexible generators, Mabus said. The unit will also deploy with portable water purification equipment.
Maybe the Obama administration thinks the greening of the SEALS will make the Taliban die laughing.